Warren has been a name associated with the Northern League for many years, and he has been a regular source of goals wherever he has been.
He must have thought he had seen almost everything in his career until, aged 32, he joined the Mariners in the summer of 2015.
What followed was an incredible campaign, with Warren finding the net 31 times as Shields won the Northern League Division Two title.
He also earned hero status with the club’s supporters for not just the amount and quality of goals he scored, but also the spirit in which he plays the game.
Spectacular goals flowed for the striker, including one scissors kick effort and another overhead kick, but it is his remarkable strike at Tow Law Town in April 2016 which he will always be remembered for.
He flicked the ball up before hooking it over his head with his right foot and then sending an incredible volley into the opposite corner with his left foot, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
The goal has been viewed well over 5million times online, while Warren was also featured on several regional news channels, appeared on Sky Sports show Soccer AM and was profiled in local and national newspapers. He also won CNN’s Goal of the Week prize – winning 95% of the vote.
To top it all off, his strike then won the Budweiser Dream Goal competition for 2016 as the best non-league goal in the country over the year. His goal was analysed on TV by former England internationals Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp, and the prize won a grant of £50,000 for the Mariners.
Warren’s profile sky-rocketed after that, and he has quite a lot to live up to in the 2016-17 campaign at Mariners Park!
However, as he has proved throughout his career, Warren almost guarantees goals.
Prior to joining Shields, he had spent half-a-season at Seaham Red Star, where he scored 13 times in 14 games – including three hat-tricks – as they won the Division Two title.
Earlier in his career, he had led Newton Aycliffe to promotion with a 44-goal season, while he was also a regular goalscorer at Shildon, Spennymoor Town, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland, Gateshead, Crook Town and Darlington RA.
Warren is best known for his excellent finishing and positioning in the box, and his ability to strike the ball equally well with either foot.
His trademark is what he terms the ‘Chop n Bosh’ – goals scored when he has switched the ball with one foot onto his other, by doing so beating his marker, before finishing.